The Edwards Agency


UW Cascadia College working on Phase I design

UW Cascadia College BOTHELL--With funding requests in place and five months of design work completed, the University of Washington Bothell branch campus and Cascadia Community College project may begin groundwork next July.
   Seattle-based architects Mahlum and Nordfors McKinley Gordon began converting the Phase I master plan into a schematic design in August and plan to finish in January. Phase I includes a central building to house joint facilities and the library, plus two adjacent buildings for classrooms, offices, and other shared services.
   The project, located west of I-405 and north of SR-522 on the 127-acre Truly Farm property, will be built in three phases, with full build-out in 2010 to 2012, serving the equivalent of 10,000 full-time students with a total population of approximately 20,000, including faculty and staff.
   Six campus buildings will house the classrooms and labs on the new campus, and a four-story library will dominate the site in a central location, with all other campus buildings either two or three stories.
   The campus plan also features a theater, and parking is located on the outer edge of the site to create a "contiguous academic campus landscape unobscured by pedestrian/vehicular conflicts." Design development should be completed in June.
   Construction funding has been jointly requested by the UW and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in their 1997 capital requests to the Governor and Legislature. Construction is tentatively planned for May 1998, with a September 1999 opening date.